Higher Education


More Women Are Learning Computer Science! Now, About Those Jobs…

WIRED

In 2017, largely thanks to a new test aimed at expanding the reach of engineering classes, female participation in these AP tests increased at a faster rate than young boys' participation on the exam in 2017. "I'm delighted to hear that more female, black, and Latino students are taking AP computer science," says Rachel Thomas, a deep learning researcher and advocate for diversity. 'It is a total smoke screen when major tech companies celebrate this news while continuing to fail to address their own toxic environments.' "I think it is a total smoke screen when major tech companies celebrate Code.org's Worse yet, seeing improvements in diversity doesn't mean the trend will hold.


Are dating apps the new social networks?

Mashable

There are still plenty of people out there in search of the perfect match, but the dating app Hater, which matches people based on the things they mutually dislike, has discovered an interesting trend among its users. There weren't always enough users in any given region, so the app expanded the radius for people in those areas, allowing users to start matching all over the globe. One recent survey found that more than 90 percent of college students are using dating apps for purposes other than hooking up or finding love -- mainly they're there for entertainment and the ego boost you get from being "liked." In an effort to capitalize on this, Bumble added BumbleBFF in early 2016, and Tinder launched Tinder Social a year ago.


New fund makes MIT a living sustainability lab

MIT News

The four project teams are lead by Kripa Varanasi of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Randy Kirchain and Jeremy Gregory of the Concrete Sustainability Hub, Lisa Anderson of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and Danielle Dahan of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. Water recapture at MIT's power plant Department of Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Kripa Varanasi is receiving funding to test a water recapture device developed by his research group, installing it on the MIT Central Utilities Plant (CUP) cooling towers. Two research scientists in the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, Jeremy Gregory and Randy Kirchain, are receiving funding to implement a quantitative approach to evaluating the life cycle economic and environmental impacts of proposed new buildings on campus. Danielle Dahan, a graduate research assistant at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, is receiving funding to collaborate with Professor Christopher Knittel of MIT Sloan, Wade Berner of MIT Facilities, and undergraduate Manuel Mundo to investigate the effectiveness of the fault detection and diagnostic (FDD) software used by MIT and other universities to prevent energy waste in HVAC systems.


Marketing Analytics for Data Rich Environments

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Editor's note: The following is an interview with leading authority on marketing research and Distinguished University Professor Michel Wedel, of the University of Maryland, conducted by marketing scientist Kevin Gray, in which Wedel concisely outlines the current state of the field. Michel Wedel: Marketing analytics involves the examination of data about how customers feel, act, and interact around products and services, using descriptive, diagnostic, and predictive metrics and mathematical methods. Marketing analytics is increasingly interdisciplinary, combining methods from business, mathematics, statistics, econometrics, psychometrics, and computer science. MW: Marketing analysts typically work at the interface of statistics, computer science, and marketing, and they need to have broad and deep skills.


Professor in Artificial Intelligence (134370) University of Agder

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The Department of ICT has several large and active research groups in Information and Communication Technology including 12 Professors, 15 Associate Professors, 10 Assistant professors and about 15 Research Fellows on the PhD programme in ICT. The department has successfully led a number of large research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway; the EU research programmes FP7 and H2020, as well as national and international industries. Within these strategic research areas, CAIR researchers head or contribute to a number of research projects, funded by the Research Council of Norway and EU research programmes. The responsibilities of the open professor position include: a) research and PhD/master's student supervision in the area of machine learning, and b) teaching on artificial intelligence (theory, algorithms and implementation) at the master's and PhD level.


Hey, Tech: You'd Do Well to Stop Ignoring Smaller Cities

WIRED

Adrian Perkins (@Diplomatofthe8) is a third-year student at Harvard Law School, founder of the marketing tech company E.merge, and strategic technology advisor to his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. Tomorrow's tech ideas are also being tested in larger cities: witness AmazonFresh Pickup (Seattle) and Uber's autonomous vehicle trials (San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Tempe, Arizona); although smart city initiatives are taking off in smaller cities, the larger cities still have more than their share of smart city projects, not to mention the media coverage that perpetuates larger cities' market advantage. When smaller cities invest in smart technology projects, they profit in the long run by optimizing their use of resources and delivering services more efficiently. Adrian Perkins (@Diplomatofthe8) is a third-year student at Harvard Law School, founder of the marketing tech company E.merge, and strategic technology advisor to his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana.


Who fears losing their job to AI and robots: Japanese survey data

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Amid the stagnant productivity and potential growth rates in major advanced economies, policymakers expect the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, to drive future economic growth. The main hypothesis of this study is that highly skilled individuals tend to perceive the impact of AI and robotics positively, and vice versa. The individual characteristics include gender, age, education, industry, type of employment, and occupation. From a policy perspective, investments in developing malleable high-level skills through postgraduate education and personal skills specific to human-intensive services are both important.


Google Launched An Initiative To Improve How Users Work With Artificial Intelligence - BI News - Business Intelligence

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Alphabet on Monday said it has kicked off a new research initiative aimed at improving human interaction with artificial intelligence systems. The People AI Research (PAIR) program currently encompasses a dozen people who will collaborate with Googlers in various product groups -- as well as outsiders like Harvard University professor Brendan Meade and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Hal Abelson. The research could eventually lead to refinements in the interfaces of the smarter components of some of the world's most popular apps. And Google's efforts here could inspire other companies to adjust their software, too.


The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence And Parenting

International Business Times

According to Research Digest, brain neurons that fire in harmony also foster emotional harmony, and when teens and parents have neural similarity, children are more emotionally well adjusted. According to an article in the Harvard Business Review, emotional intelligence among kids is critical. The article points to Yale, which offers coaching to students after they've taken tests gauging their emotional intelligence. Stanford offers college students an elective on interpersonal dynamics and self coaching, which teaches mindfulness and positive psychology.


Ohio study finds hand movements show self-control struggle

Daily Mail

In the food experiment, the researchers found that the mouse trajectory was curved, suggesting the two options were'competing' in the brain. In the new study, researchers from Ohio State University set up several experiments, in which they watched people's hands as they chose between options that align with their long-term goals, or offer a short-lived temptation. In the new study, researchers from Ohio State University set up several experiments, in which they watched people's hands as they chose between foods that align with their long-term health goal, or offer a short-lived temptation. In the food experiment, the researchers found that the mouse trajectory was curved, suggesting the two options were'competing' in the brain.